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March 1, 1988
Negotiators for the Writers Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers continued talking late Monday night as a three-year contract covering 9,000 movie and TV writers neared its midnight expiration. A writers' strike could begin later this week if a new agreement is not reached. Representatives of both sides said major issues remained unresolved, including a producers' demand that writers make concessions concerning residual payments for one-hour TV shows.
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ENTERTAINMENT
February 14, 2001
The road to riches isn't necessarily the road to Academy Awards. Here's a look at how the Top 10 box-office films (through Sunday) fared with Oscar nominations. *--* FILM (STUDIO) BOX-OFFICE TOTAL NOMINATIONS 1. "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas" (Universal) $259,806,995 3 2. "M:I-2" (Paramount) $215,409,889 0 3. "Cast Away" (Fox) $209,798,303 2 4. "Gladiator" (DreamWorks) $186,610,052 12 5. "The Perfect Storm" (Warner Bros.) $182,618,434 2 6.
NEWS
June 2, 2005 | Brenda Rees
Buzz Aldrin has faced many challenges in his life -- as an Air Force pilot manning 66 combat missions during the Korean War, a student of astronautics at MIT and one of the first astronauts to walk on the moon. Now, Aldrin will brave another test of his nerves of steel: a roomful of wide-eyed kids. Aldrin will be on hand Sunday as part of a family matinee day sponsored by Every Picture Tells a Story bookstore and the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica.
BUSINESS
December 11, 2007
Sales in the U.S. and Canada, Dec. 7-9: Movie (studio): 1. The Golden Compass (New Line) 3-day gross (millions): $25.8 Total (millions): $25.8 Venues: 3,528 Average per venue: $7,308 Weeks: 1 -- Movie (studio): 2. Enchanted (Disney) 3-day gross (millions): $10.7 Total (millions): $83.9 Venues: 3,520 Average per venue: $3,042 Weeks: 3 -- Movie (studio): 3. This Christmas (Sony) 3-day gross (millions): $5.0 Total (millions): $42.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 5, 2012 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
TLC is plotting a comeback. The surviving members of one of the best-selling girl groups of all time are planning their first new album in 10 years, according to the BBC. Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas and Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins announced their potential return at the 2012 Mobo Awards in Liverpool on Saturday. They were there to accept the award for Outstanding Contribution to Music. The new  album would be the first since 2002's “3D,” which was released six months after the group's third member, spitfire Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, died in a car crash in Honduras.
BUSINESS
May 5, 2010 | By Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times
Apparently Hollywood didn't get the memo that prices are supposed to stay low in a slumping economy. The National Assn. of Theatre Owners reported Tuesday that the average ticket price in the first quarter was $7.95, up 8% from $7.35 in the same period last year. That's the largest year-over-year increase since the association started tracking quarterly ticket price data in 2001. The increase comes as consumer prices have risen modestly in the nation. In 2009, the consumer price index rose just 2.7% before seasonal adjustment, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 17, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
They went from underdogs to fierce competitors, and now “X Factor” girl group Fifth Harmony has inked a deal with Epic Records and mentor Simon Cowell's Syco Music, the labels announced on Thursday. Composed of Ally Brooke, Camila Cabello, Normani Hamilton, Dinah Jane Hansen and Lauren Jauregui, the teenage quintet entered the competition as solo singers and were placed together by the judges during boot camp. During the competition the girls struggled to find their footing and were often criticized by the judges, including L.A. Reid (who has since exited the show to focus on his day job as chairman and chief executive of Epic)
ENTERTAINMENT
October 22, 2003 | Elizabeth Jensen, Times Staff Writer
Doubleday and CBS are trading sharp words over CBS' surprise Saturday broadcast of a special on the making of its upcoming movie about the Elizabeth Smart kidnapping, which upset the publisher's carefully crafted media plan to launch a book on the topic. Both CBS and Doubleday have rights to a portion of the Smart story, CBS for its Nov. 9 movie "The Elizabeth Smart Story" and Doubleday for a book on the ordeal, to be published Tuesday, from the Utah teen's parents, Ed and Lois Smart.
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